Alternative to MS Exchange

Joshua Martin josmar52789 at
Fri Dec 5 00:31:48 UTC 2008

Um... I don't think Exchange is so inexpensive....

According to the Microsoft website, the cost of Exchange 2007 STANDARD is
$699, that's all well and good but when you calculate that you also have to
purchase a CAL for each user that needs to connect to the server (let's say
you have 25 users at Microsoft's cost of $67 per user or device), then you
have a total cost of $2374!

Zimbra does not operate under a service license + CAL for each connecting
user; instead you make one purchase of support based on your number of
users. This means that for 25 users connecting to the STANDARD edition of
Zimbra, with one year of support, you'll only pay $875!

Factoring in the cost of Windows Server (do you need CALs for users
connecting to the server?), the cost of the Exchange CALs, and the cost of
Microsoft's support year after year, MICROSOFT EXCHANGE IS NOT INEXPENSIVE

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 6:54 PM, Rashkae <ubuntu at> wrote:

> H.S. wrote:
> > Anthony M. Rasat wrote:
> >
> >> Unfortunately Zimbra is not using that kind of install approach. You
> >> see, you will need a dedicated machine to host it. Also, it quiet picky
> >
> > Dedicated machine? hmm .... I was playing with the idea of trying it out
> > at home when I get the chance just to see how it goes, but if it needs a
> > machine just for itself it might not be possible. Interesting to know
> > though.
> >
> >
> >
> VMWare is your friend for this kind of thing.  Zimbra even comes in a
> Vmware appliance edition, I believe.
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